Northern Premier League Premier Division: Stalybridge Celtic 1 Grantham Town 3
Bower Fold, Mottram Road, Stalybridge, Cheshire SK15 2RT
I’ve wanted to take Frankie to Stalyvegas for years. I’ve been dozens of times watching various FCUM games (it was FCUM’s ‘Home’ venue for cup games for a few seasons). Once inside the ground you get treated to some of the loveliest views in non-league, if you don’t look at the pitch. Surrounded by hills and trees it’s a beautiful place to watch football and it will be a shame if they get the go-ahead to sell it and move to some soulless bowl nearer the town centre.
Visitors Grantham played some brilliant football and scored one of the goals of the season to make it 3-0. The 30-or-so Grantham die-hards who’d made the long trip sang throughout and Frankie was well-impressed with their dedication.